Simple Cooking Tips to Get Great Tasting Dishes

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My name is Marcella and I’m a culinary enthusiast with a background in food preparation. I love trying out new recipes and learning how to make my own great tasting dishes. This blog will showcase some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years.

Taste is subjective, so there isn’t a one size fits all approach to creating dishes. You might not like something I enjoy, and that’s OK! My goal is to show you how to create great tasting dishes for yourself.

Sweet Paprika

1 tbsp sweet paprika, 1 tsp smoked paprika and 1 tsp ground cumin.

This is a great rub for lamb and chicken or even sprinkled on top of a salad for a little kick.

Get your kids to try something new: Sweet paprika is a great way to introduce something as spicy as paprika without noticing it’s spicy. This works well with kids because they’re not expecting it to be spicy, so they’ll end up eating something they might not otherwise have tried.

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One of the most popular spices in cooking is paprika. It is easily one of the best spices for making chicken taste great. Paprika is commonly used in Hungarian cuisine and is a popular spice in many dishes.

TIP: Use paprika to spice up your chicken without any extra oil or butter. This recipe can be used with chicken breast or thighs, and any cut will do.

1 lb (450 g) boneless chicken breast or thighs

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup (125 ml) water

1 tablespoon paprika*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Place in an ovenproof dish and set aside. In a small bowl combine paprika, water, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; mix well to dissolve. Pour mixture over chicken; cover dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until tender and juices run clear when pierced with a fork. Serve immediately, drizzled with sauce from baking dish.*Amount of paprika will vary depending on how much spice you want in your dish.

Salt, pepper and paprika are the most used spices in the kitchen. You can always use them to add taste to your dishes. However, you can do a lot more with them than just sprinkle them over your food.

TIP! Before you cook, take out all the ingredients that you need from the fridge. That way they will be perfectly chilled when you need them.

TIP! It is wise not to wash mushrooms before cooking with them. This will decrease their shelf life as well as their flavor. Wipe off any dirt on the mushroom caps with a damp cloth instead of immersing them in water.

TIP! When you are making something like a stew or soup that is supposed to cook for several hours, try using some wine in it. Wine will help the other flavors come out while it cooks and adds a great taste to the overall dish.

TIP! When sautéing garlic or onions, place them in some ice water after you have finished cooking them. This will make both of these strong tasting foods milder and less pungent when you go to eat them later on in the meal.

TIP! If you want to make fresh herbs last longer, don’t store them in the refrigerator. Instead,

Sweet paprika has a wonderful, rich flavor that is very different from that of hot paprika. It can be used in cooking in the same ways as hot paprika but also has a place at the table. In fact, I’ve found it’s a nice finish for chicken dishes.

It’s great in stews or soups such as goulash or Hungarian bean soup and pairs nicely with pork tenderloin or grilled chicken. I’ve even used it when making garlic mashed potatoes.

It’s available in most grocery stores and is worth trying if you love to cook or are looking for new flavors to try.

If you love Borscht, but you are tired of the same old recipes, this simple recipe is for you! Borscht is a hearty soup that can be made numerous ways. The secret to making a great tasting Borscht is in the spices. That’s where this recipe shines! I encourage you to try cooking with Paprika, it doesn’t have to be expensive brand name paprika either. As an added bonus, Paprika helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, so enjoy that as well!

Ingredients: – 1 small onion, chopped – 3 cloves garlic, chopped – 3 carrots, sliced – 2 stalks celery, cut into bite size pieces – 1 large potato, peeled and cubed – 4 cups beef broth (I like to use chicken broth) – 1/2 cup tomato juice or canned diced tomatoes with liquid – 1 teaspoon Paprika (or more if desired) – 1 teaspoon fresh dill weed (or more if desired) – salt and pepper Directions: Add all ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Serve immediately or refrigerate in airtight containers and reheat when ready to serve. Serves 6-8 people depending on how much they

**One of the most used spices in the world is paprika. It is part of a group of spices that are very commonly referred to as peppers. The pepper spice group includes other spices like cayenne, red pepper and chili powder. Paprika comes in many varieties, but the most common variety is sweet paprika.

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